Ann’s Orchard Needlework was established by Emma Pavier, following a long career as a plant molecular biologist, largely to justify her compulsive collecting of antique and vintage needlework, books, knitting yarn, beads and buttons. A lifelong maker having started sewing with lacing picture cards and knitting in reception class the process of creating still brings a great sense of joy and fulfilment.
Designs spring to mind constantly and are quickly scribbled in one of a multitude of sketchbooks before being worked into patterns. Inspiration may come from anywhere; a combination of colours or shapes in the garden, a photograph in a magazine, a motif on a piece of china or simply chancing upon a ball of wool in a particular shade of green.
Kits are designed to appeal to all, whether complete beginners or more experienced. Many introduce new techniques such as the use of Japanese seed beads or waste canvas.
The latest collection of vegetable inspired chunky cross stitch cushions use simple, graphic blocks of colour and large stitches to ensure they are quick and easy to complete. Each cushion kit contains plenty of Appleton’s tapestry wool, 7hpi Zweigart canvas, tapestry needles, colour chart and full instructions.
Kits are sold through www.annsorchard.co.uk small independent shops and the Knitting and Stitching Shows. Emma Pavier also contributes regularly to Stitch and XStitch magazines.